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Summer school: Leaders of Innovation and Impact

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want to be able to make an impact or improve your skills in doing so? 

Do you want to leave your mark? Do you want to learn what change is and be able to identify opportunities for change? Throughout this course you will discover and develop your ability to execute viable change, through developing a skill set of relevant tools. We will help you learn how you can become a change agent and leader of innovation and impact. Within an interactive educational setting and through workshops, you will develop skills for your future and master the art of executing change with peers from all over the world.

With changes happening around us every day, we need to be able to deal and cope with these situations in order to thrive. Problems are becoming more and more complex as technology is rapidly evolving, which requires a different approach in thinking, identifying, designing and implementing solutions to these complex problems. Not only learning these skills is important, but being able to effectively teach these skills to other people and spread the message might be even more crucial. This course offers you a series of sessions that address not only skills required to recognize and execute viable change, it will also teach you the ins and outs of design thinking that will allow for a step-by-step process of approaching complex projects and problems.

The Leaders of Innovation and Impact course will be an 5-day online, student-driven experience of a life-time! This UIF Meetup is organized as part of CuriousU, an European Summer School with an international taste. Can't wait for August 2021? Get even more excited with the after movies of the last two meetups, 2018 and 2019!

Course aims

Our course is called Leaders of Innovation and Impact. This is why we tailor our program to shaping leaders of innovation processes that are able to recognize and deal with complex and ill-defined problems by co-creating solutions and realizing change. To achieve this goal, the course includes knowledge and education based on design thinking, more practical skill development such as communicating with stakeholders and pitching/storytelling, and building a mindset for innovation and impact. You will get expert knowledge on these processes, after which you will be challenged to practically apply your knowledge during CuriousU as a means of a final assessment/assignment. This track focuses on multidisciplinary work, allowing you to interact and work with peoples of different backgrounds and nationalities. This week provides you with the unique opportunity to apply your learning and inspire others at the same time.

During this course you will experience different, active, learning methods:

  • Design thinking, (Sience2Design4Society)
  • Pitching and storytelling
  • Workshops
  • Interacting with stakeholders
  • Inspirational talks from guest speakers

These methods will help you to guide you through the course. At the end of the course you are able to:

  • Understand what change is and can identify opportunities for change
  • Make use of the tools acquired during the course to execute viable change
  • Activate and engage with both direct and indirect stakeholders to implement change
  • Recognize and evaluate failed change
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This CuriousU summer course will take place on 02 - 06 August, 2021. Have a look at our admission requirements, the fee or accommodation upgrades. If you have questions about your admission you can try our admission checkUndecided? Sign-up for our newsletter.

Course requirements

Are you doubting whether this course suits you? Check out the following requirements::

  • English language competences and active speaking and comprehensive skills (min. C1 CEFR)
  • Being comfortable with talking or learning to talk in front of a crowd (preferably)
  • Being comfortable with public interactions (preferably)
  • You want to have fun and do something meaningful this summer!

Course schedule

NOTE: The CuriousU schedule is based on the CEST timezone. Next to the summer school course, you can enjoy our social programme built around the courses


Closing Ceremony
Time:15:00 - 16:30
Days:Fri. 06-08

It's already time to end this fantastis week. Time will tell what kind of amazing activity we have planned to end the week in style.

Introduction to Group Assignment
Time:11:30 - 12:30
Days:Tue. 03-08

Your group will learn more about the theme you'll be working on during the week.

Group Assignment
Time:14:00 - 17:30
Days:Tue. 03-08
Group Assignment
Time:15:00 - 18:00
Days:Thu. 05-08
Pitching Group 1
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Days:Thu. 05-08

Learn while having fun! In the morning session, you will participate in a workshop on pitching by Victor Deconinck!

Negotiation Session
Time:12:00 - 14:45
Days:Thu. 05-08

Learn while having fun! You will participate in a workshop on negotiation by David Charles van der Griend!

Recognising and evaluating failed change
Time:09:30 - 11:00
Days:Fri. 06-08

Learn while having fun! During this morning session, an inspiring speaker will tell more about how you can recognize and evaluate failed change.

Time:13:30 - 16:30
Days:Mon. 02-08

Get an overview of this week's schedule, listen to inspirational talks by guest speakers  and have the opportunity to meet your fellow group members.

Discuss your pitches
Time:14:00 - 15:00
Days:Fri. 06-08

Learn while having fun! In this session, you will discuss and evaluate the pitches you and your group members have done in the morning session. 

Engage Stakeholders: Stakeholder market
Time:09:30 - 11:00
Days:Wed. 04-08

Learn while having fun! meet up with stakeholders that are relevant to your project, learn more about their POVs and ask questions. 

Workshop: Ideation and prototyping
Time:11:30 - 13:00
Days:Wed. 04-08

Learn more about the next phases in the Design Thinking process: Ideation and Prototyping. 

Opening Ceremony
Time:09:00 - 10:30
Days:Mon. 02-08

Welcome everyone to the Leaders of Innovation and Impact summer course! We hope you are as excited as us to embark on this journey. 

Time:11:00 - 11:30
Days:Tue. 03-08

Ask the speaker questions related to the subject change, the story or whatever you very much would like to find out!

Group Assignment
Time:14:00 - 17:30
Days:Wed. 04-08
Workshop: Emphatisizing and defining
Time:12:30 - 13:00
Days:Tue. 03-08

Learn about two important steps in the Design Thinking process, which will valuable during your group work.

Pitching Group 2
Time:10:30 - 11:30
Days:Thu. 05-08

Learn while having fun! In the morning session, you will participate in a workshop on pitching by Victor Deconinck!

Introduction to Change
Time:09:30 - 11:00
Days:Tue. 03-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. Get inspired and find out what change really is.

Pitch that Project!
Time:11:30 - 13:00
Days:Fri. 06-08

Learn while having fun! It's that time: pitch your change proposal to the group and relevant stakeholders!

Course leader

Christina Zaga
Assistant Professor Human Centred Design

Course details

  • Date: 2 - 6 August, 2021
  • Format: Fully online
  • Target group: Advanced bachelor students. 
  • Capacity: 25 participants max.
  • Course leader: Christina Zaga
  • Credits: 1.5 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school

Want to know more?

If you need to know more, we have information available about the fee & programme, an admission checkregistration & paymentvisaaccomodation and the terms & conditions.